Millions can’t afford “affordable care”

Last month, we discovered another “glitch” in Obamacare that will deprive millions of hard-working middle-class families of health insurance. Now The New York Times (usually an ardent supporter of Obamacare and almost all of Obama’s policies) has uncovered further details on how this disaster will come about. 

The confusing language of this unwieldy bill raises the real possibility that millions of modest-income, middle-class Americans may be unable to afford their current workplace family health insurance plans. In other words, they may not be able to keep the coverage they already have.

The new law considers the worker’s share of insurance payments to be “unaffordable” only when it exceeds 9.5 percent of the worker’s household income. But that calculation is based only on the worker’s own single party insurance policy cost. Not their current family coverage, which can be about three times more costly.

And yet, many of these people would also fail to qualify for new government subsidies to purchase their own insurance. 

So now the middle class is stuck between the proverbial “rock” and “hard place.” They will now have to pay more than they can afford for their workplace health insurance or go without health insurance altogether.  

This unfortunate development directly undercuts the basic purported purposes of Obamacare. Which was to expand the number of insured people. And to make their care affordable.

Although we are not yet hearing about this looming disaster on the campaign trail, we are hearing a lot about “class warfare.” It appears that the real war is against the hard-working middle class. The “super-rich” among the 1 percent will undoubtedly survive whatever the greedy government throws at them. But the government could confiscate every penny from the “super-rich” and still not satisfy their deficits or spending addiction. So they have to come after the vast (but shrinking) middle class, already suffering under the Obama economy. 

Make no mistake. It’s not  just about the “haves” and the “have nots” anymore. Now it’s about the millions who are simply trying to “have enough.” To provide for themselves and their families with some dignity. And without the government’s “help.”